Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will use sewerage water for agriculture, parks and greenbelts that would not only increase fertility of the land but also help save clean water.  An official of CDA told APP here on Sunday that the project of utilizing the sewerage water will be started in the areas of Tarlai and other adjoining villages of capital. He said CDA in cooperation with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has conducted visits of different fruits and vegetable farms in the Federal Capital to identify the potential and sites where sewerage water could be used as irrigation water.  He said sewerage water will also be used for watering parks and greenbelts of the Capital.

To a question, he said that CDA with the collaboration of ICT administration and PAK-EPA is through this project also working on controlling sewage pollution in the catchment area of Rawal Lake and

Simly Dam, which are sources of drinking water for twin cities.

Meanwhile, the CDA will start spring tree plantation drive from third week of this month. CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal would inaugurate the campaign from Sector D-12, in which some 500,000 samplings would be planted. Talking to APP, CDA’s Member Environment Mustafain Kazmi said the spring tree planation drive would be named after the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar. He said the civic body would plant different flowering and fascinating plants in different sectors and along the major avenues during the drive. He said Rs 7.8 million was earmarked for the drive.

The Environment Wing had already started work on transplanting seedlings and planting saplings of different flowering plants along the major avenues, roads, squares and in different sectors to bloom Islamabad with beautiful flowers with the advent of spring season, he added. He said the CDA Chairman had directed the Environment Wing not only to upgrade the nursery to meet the requirements of greenery in the Capital city.  Mustafain said the Chairman had also directed to ensure provision of all kinds of saplings and seedlings from the CDA nursery for spring and monsoon tree plantation drive.